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Posted by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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Okay so my lil guy was born on Jan 25th..will be 3 weeks old on Fri. I use nipple shields while breast feeding since he had trouble latching even had to get under his tongue clipped at 3 days old cause he was a bit tongue tied..he has since gained a good amount of weight and is eating and wetting diapers normally..he wasnt in the beginning. At night my hubby has introduced him to the bottle cause I have to return to work soon and his mom will be caring for him so I have been pumping and storing a supply for her. He does well with the bottle and has no issues going back to the breast. Im wondering how many ounces I should be giving him mom when I return to work she will have him for atleast 8 hrs. When we give him the bottle he easily eats 2 oz every 2  to 3 hrs is that about normal for his age..sometimes he likes to cluster feed but only when he is on the breast. Also lately he has been acting pretty cranky at night time and his poop was really green so I was researching and thought it might be a foremilk hindmilk issue so I stopped giving him both breasts and am back to only one side at a time and making sure he empties it completely. Today his poop seems to be going slightly back to yellow. He isnt fussy all day just seems to be at night..dunno if its a case of colic or just being gassy. This is my first rodeo so I just want to make sure that Im doing everything right to ensure his growth and happiness. Sorry for it being so long and thanks in advance for any input!

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Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM
My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)
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by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM
You can do a feeding weight check at the drs office to see how much he really is transferring when you nurse. Weigh him before he eats, then after he is done weigh him again. I have an oversupply issue and have been battling the spinach-y green poop since dd was tiny. Their little systems are super sensitive. It could be something you're eating too. Our ped said its not a huge issue unless the weight gain is not there. I did cut down on my gallon o' milk a week habit and that seemed to help us. I only nurse on one side at a time and dd is 6 months now.

Good luck!
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Jess21608
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

 I didnt get a nipple shield till he was about a week old and he had dropped alot of weight and wasnt wetting or soiling diapers like at all we were in and out of doc appts cause I was freaked out he was 7 pounds 5 oz at birth and dropped to 6 pounds 9 ounces really quick and wasnt waking to feed. I even consulted a lactation specialist at the hospital before leaving and after when I was at home. My nipples are really short and he was so frustrated trying to get on that he would just scream and that made me cry at every feeding. I have tried a few times since and he still has a hard time without the shield. at his two week appt he was back up in weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces and wetting and soiling diapers normally and way more alert he now wakes up regularly for fedding or if he is sleeping I wake him easily at the 3 hr mark. The reason we started the bottle at night like one sometimes two feedings and has only been the last two night was to see how he would do and also to let me get some rest so that going back to work wont be so difficult.


Quoting Precious333:

My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)


 

Jess21608
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:39 PM

 Good idea thanks!!


Quoting usmcwife327:

You can do a feeding weight check at the drs office to see how much he really is transferring when you nurse. Weigh him before he eats, then after he is done weigh him again. I have an oversupply issue and have been battling the spinach-y green poop since dd was tiny. Their little systems are super sensitive. It could be something you're eating too. Our ped said its not a huge issue unless the weight gain is not there. I did cut down on my gallon o' milk a week habit and that seemed to help us. I only nurse on one side at a time and dd is 6 months now.

Good luck!


 

proudmama11212
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Well i use the nipple shield and my son poopy has always been mustard yellow but i only feed one breast at a time he prefers it that way well whoever taking care of the baby should feed 1 to 1.25 oz per hour say he wakes up every 2 hours then he should be getting 2 to 2.50 oz since you will be gone for 8 hours he should have 4 feeding of 2 to 2.50 oz per feeding if he is asleep let him sleep if he doesnt have bad jaundice good luck i wish i knew this group when i had my son it would of made things alot easier good luck:)
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proudmama11212
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM
So are you feeding him with a bottle at night?! Do you pump for that missed session? Just a question :)


Quoting Jess21608:

 I didnt get a nipple shield till he was about a week old and he had dropped alot of weight and wasnt wetting or soiling diapers like at all we were in and out of doc appts cause I was freaked out he was 7 pounds 5 oz at birth and dropped to 6 pounds 9 ounces really quick and wasnt waking to feed. I even consulted a lactation specialist at the hospital before leaving and after when I was at home. My nipples are really short and he was so frustrated trying to get on that he would just scream and that made me cry at every feeding. I have tried a few times since and he still has a hard time without the shield. at his two week appt he was back up in weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces and wetting and soiling diapers normally and way more alert he now wakes up regularly for fedding or if he is sleeping I wake him easily at the 3 hr mark. The reason we started the bottle at night like one sometimes two feedings and has only been the last two night was to see how he would do and also to let me get some rest so that going back to work wont be so difficult.




Quoting Precious333:

My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)



 


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Jess21608
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

 My hubby gave him at bottle at like 3 am which I had pumped that earlier that day..so no I dont pump for that missed session I just feed him at his next feeding which was at 6 this morning.


Quoting proudmama11212:

So are you feeding him with a bottle at night?! Do you pump for that missed session? Just a question :)


Quoting Jess21608:

 I didnt get a nipple shield till he was about a week old and he had dropped alot of weight and wasnt wetting or soiling diapers like at all we were in and out of doc appts cause I was freaked out he was 7 pounds 5 oz at birth and dropped to 6 pounds 9 ounces really quick and wasnt waking to feed. I even consulted a lactation specialist at the hospital before leaving and after when I was at home. My nipples are really short and he was so frustrated trying to get on that he would just scream and that made me cry at every feeding. I have tried a few times since and he still has a hard time without the shield. at his two week appt he was back up in weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces and wetting and soiling diapers normally and way more alert he now wakes up regularly for fedding or if he is sleeping I wake him easily at the 3 hr mark. The reason we started the bottle at night like one sometimes two feedings and has only been the last two night was to see how he would do and also to let me get some rest so that going back to work wont be so difficult.


 


Quoting Precious333:

My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)

 


 



 

shortyali
by Alicia on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM
The feeding weight checks are only useful if done over 24 hours and for a day or 2.

Op- leave bottles no larger than 3 ozs. Figure 1-1.25 ozs per hour of separation. This is so baby will see the bottle as low supply and you as high supply.


Quoting usmcwife327:

You can do a feeding weight check at the drs office to see how much he really is transferring when you nurse. Weigh him before he eats, then after he is done weigh him again. I have an oversupply issue and have been battling the spinach-y green poop since dd was tiny. Their little systems are super sensitive. It could be something you're eating too. Our ped said its not a huge issue unless the weight gain is not there. I did cut down on my gallon o' milk a week habit and that seemed to help us. I only nurse on one side at a time and dd is 6 months now.





Good luck!
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shortyali
by Alicia on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM
You really need to be pumping the same time as the bottle. It's so your body knows it needs milk for that time. Try co-sleeping. Makes night feedings 100% easier. It sounds like you actually need nipple shells which draw out the nipple instead of the shield which is for damaged nipples.

Quoting Jess21608:

 My hubby gave him at bottle at like 3 am which I had pumped that earlier that day..so no I dont pump for that missed session I just feed him at his next feeding which was at 6 this morning.




Quoting proudmama11212:

So are you feeding him with a bottle at night?! Do you pump for that missed session? Just a question :)



Quoting Jess21608:


 I didnt get a nipple shield till he was about a week old and he had dropped alot of weight and wasnt wetting or soiling diapers like at all we were in and out of doc appts cause I was freaked out he was 7 pounds 5 oz at birth and dropped to 6 pounds 9 ounces really quick and wasnt waking to feed. I even consulted a lactation specialist at the hospital before leaving and after when I was at home. My nipples are really short and he was so frustrated trying to get on that he would just scream and that made me cry at every feeding. I have tried a few times since and he still has a hard time without the shield. at his two week appt he was back up in weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces and wetting and soiling diapers normally and way more alert he now wakes up regularly for fedding or if he is sleeping I wake him easily at the 3 hr mark. The reason we started the bottle at night like one sometimes two feedings and has only been the last two night was to see how he would do and also to let me get some rest so that going back to work wont be so difficult.



 



Quoting Precious333:

My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)


 



 





 

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proudmama11212
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM
Oh since its not far apart i think thats why his poopys green since your breasts are full more foremilk than hindmilk well not sure i read that somewhere what time his his last feeding?!


Quoting Jess21608:

 My hubby gave him at bottle at like 3 am which I had pumped that earlier that day..so no I dont pump for that missed session I just feed him at his next feeding which was at 6 this morning.




Quoting proudmama11212:

So are you feeding him with a bottle at night?! Do you pump for that missed session? Just a question :)



Quoting Jess21608:


 I didnt get a nipple shield till he was about a week old and he had dropped alot of weight and wasnt wetting or soiling diapers like at all we were in and out of doc appts cause I was freaked out he was 7 pounds 5 oz at birth and dropped to 6 pounds 9 ounces really quick and wasnt waking to feed. I even consulted a lactation specialist at the hospital before leaving and after when I was at home. My nipples are really short and he was so frustrated trying to get on that he would just scream and that made me cry at every feeding. I have tried a few times since and he still has a hard time without the shield. at his two week appt he was back up in weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces and wetting and soiling diapers normally and way more alert he now wakes up regularly for fedding or if he is sleeping I wake him easily at the 3 hr mark. The reason we started the bottle at night like one sometimes two feedings and has only been the last two night was to see how he would do and also to let me get some rest so that going back to work wont be so difficult.



 



Quoting Precious333:

My kids had a range of green and yellow poops, its normal, but yes if they are getting a lot of foremilk it can cause that. Have you tried nursing without the shield yet? Also its hardet to get the fattier hindmilk from the pump, and i believe even he shield can make it difficult too. Alsoe bottles can cause baby to inhale while feeding, causing gas too. So, maybe try and get him off the nipple shield, and since thete are no issues with givinf a bottle, onlt do it when you are away. Just my 2 cents :)


 



 





 


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